Ephesians 1:16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you remembering you in my prayers.
I like Winston Churchill's famous speech: "Never, never, never give up". This is the Apostle Paul’s equivalent. “Never, never, never stop thanking”.
Paul says he has “not stopped giving thanks (to the Lord) for you in his prayers”. Paul was a powerhouse in the Kingdom of God because he understood the powerful principles that the Kingdom operates by.
Thankfulness is one of those powerful kingdom principles and Paul demonstrated the power of thankfulness better than anyone.
Of all the people who had reason to complain about the ministry the Lord had given to him, perhaps Paul was the one. His life was all about going from one trial to the next, yet he never stopped thanking and praising the Lord.
Paul opens his epistle to the Philippians in verse 3 with “I thank my God every time I remember you … I always pray with joy …” Paul is clearly thankful and is overwhelmed with joy throughout the book of Philippians but what makes it so amazing is he wrote this book from a prison cell! There isn’t a lot to be thankful for being locked up in a dark, damp prison cell but Paul never stops thanking and praising the Lord.
So what is it that causes Paul to never stop thanking God?
There are many reasons but one important key is found in Psalm 107:2. It says “let the redeemed of the Lord say so…”
What you need to understand is thankfulness is not a product of your feelings and your circumstances. It is the product of the truth of God’s Word in your life. Whether Paul was out of prison or in prison, he knew he was the “redeemed of the Lord” and he was going to “say so”. Paul would never let the circumstances of his life get in the way of proclaiming the truth and power of God’s Word.
So whether he felt like it or not, he would declare the truth and goodness of God’s Word, and was continually thankful and grateful to the Lord.
We see this when Paul and Silas are chained with two guards in a prison cell. But a few chains and guards cannot stop Paul and Silas from praising and thanking the Lord. They not only woke up every other prisoner but they stirred up the power of God which came along and broke everyone out of their chains!
This is the power of praise and thanksgiving at work.
The power of thanksgiving is not based on your situation or your circumstances, it is based on the truth and power of God’s Word.